After reading about what the deal is with Kyou’s less-than-agreeable attitude, it’s only natural to want to know about the other side of the Fujibayashi coin: Ryou. In this story, we learn the origin of her feelings towards Tomoya, which only got a passing mention in CLANNAD. It wasn’t exactly a necessary topic to elaborate on, given that Kyou has a larger share of the spotlight, but I like Ryou’s character enough to where I don’t really mind.
A common theme in this story and Kyou’s route is that she’s often compared to her twin sister. Obviously, Kyou excels in many things that Ryou does not, and it does make Ryou think a bit about herself. As much as I would have liked to see Ryou develop a clear sense of self-worth, that isn’t the focus of the story. Instead, one huge, conveniently-covered-up misunderstanding happens that sets up the dramatic whirlwind of Kyou’s route. The story feels more like shipping fluff as a result.
Despite this, it’s a harmless story and I should come to expect that from the next few stories as I read. Of course none of these are going to hold a candle to the source material, so it’s better if I lower my expectations from here on in. Anyway, at the time of this post, next story is tomorrow!